By: 13 March 2024
Wake Smith Solicitors facilitate lease assignment for Wortley Arms pub

A husband and wife team are set to reopen the historic The Wortley Arms pub in Sheffield. The deal was negotiated by Sheffield firm, Wake Smith Solicitors.


Alan and Wendy McGilveray have taken over the well-known Grade II Listed pub and restaurant on Halifax Road, Wortley village. They have renamed it McGilveray’s Wortley Arms.The duo will reopen the pub to regular and new customers in late March. This will follow a short refurbishment programme.They will keep the existing 10 staff employed at the pub and bring their former McGilveray’s Restaurant and Bar staff from Fox Valley in Stocksbridge with them.Laura Saul, director in the commercial property team at Wake Smith negotiated the lease assignment at the pub. Associate Tom Haywood from the firm’s corporate team dealt with the business purchase.Chef Alan McGilveray said: “We saw The Wortley Arms’ lease was available. Wendy had previously worked on the site over 17 years ago, installing the new kitchen with Lloyds Catering, whom she still works for.“We will be keeping a similar style of menu and adding more elaborate selection of wines and cocktails.  We will also bring the 10 staff over and retain the staff from McGilverays at Fox Valley to work at the new venture.”Laura Saul, director in Wake Smith’s commercial property team said:  “Alan and Wendy have taken on the existing lease of The Wortley Arms. We exchanged contracts and completed the deal on 4 March and they hope to re-open the pub in time for Easter weekend.“This is a popular venue in the area which has been run for a number of years by the current owners. We enjoyed working closely with Alan and Wendy on this exciting change of ownership and look forward to watching the pub and restaurant reopen under their management.”Alan added: “We would both like to thank Laura, Tom and the team at Wake Smith Solicitors for their outstanding patience and efficiency in getting this somewhat difficult contract over the line. Without Laura we could not have done this.”

Image: (left to right) Wendy McGilveray, Wake Smith’s Laura Saul and Alan McGilveray.
Emma Cockings
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